|Caption||TBM Avenger torpedo planes of Composite Squadron 84 from USS Makin Island flying over Ie Shima, Ryukyu Islands, Japan, 16 Apr 1945 ww2dbase|
|Source||ww2dbaseUnited States Navy Naval History and Heritage Command|
|Identification Code||NH 69420|
|Photos on Same Day||16 Apr 1945|
|Added By||David Stubblebine|
|Added Date||15 Jun 2011|
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|Licensing||Public Domain. According to the US Navy Naval History and Heritage Command, as of 21 Jul 2010:
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23 Jun 2012 07:56:06 PM
I was an enlisted AOAN aircrewman in Vu-5 in the early 50's. We had TBMs and JD-1s - painted a deep blue - with yellow and red trim. The TBM had a single tow reel in the bomb bay. The bomb bays were opened - and the impellor lowered into the slip stream. We towed aerial targets for gunnery practice. I was the tow reel operator. Any info on them or where some might now reside?Bob McDonagh email@example.com